Los Angeles-based electro-pop duo Capital Cities isn’t afraid to let the Southern California sunshine seep into their music. Synth-tastically bright, danceable and catchy, yet maintaining a depth that reflects the band’s roots in San Francisco, Paris and Armenia, it’s loaded with appeal. Perhaps it’s the vintage Juno-106 heard punching out across their self-titled debut EP, or the unique timbre of frontmen Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian’s blended vocals. Either way, Capital Cities’ songs are genuinely connecting with people. The pair’s single “Safe and Sound” was recently played by taste-maker radio DJ Nic Harcourt (KCRW) and after a series of blog mentions went to # 2 on The Hype Machine’s most popular song chart.